On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)


Career Services’ on-campus interviewing (OCI) service is part of Nittany Lion Career Network. OCI offers students the opportunity to interview for entry-level full-time positions with a variety of employers from business, industry, and government. OCI is a pre-select system. Reminder, every student is given access to an NLCN account.

Employers select candidates from among the students who request interviews with them by submitting a resume through our online system. All seniors are automatically given access to this free service. When you log into your Nittany Lion Career Network account, and can successfully click on the “my on-campus interviewing activity” tab, the OCI feature is working properly for your account. You can begin to search for jobs, and note that if beside the position title you see “recruiting on-campus” then that employer is participating in OCI, and if you apply, you could, if chosen by the employer, interview on-campus for this position.

Questions and Answers

Is On-Campus Interviewing for Me?

To determine if OCI will meet your needs, look at the opportunities through the Guest Account at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/NLCN. Most positions offered through this service are full-time opportunities in business, industry, or government and are for students with technical or business backgrounds and interests. Students with backgrounds and interests in other areas should not rule out on-campus interviewing, but should be advised that OCI may need to be combined with other job search strategies.

If you are seeking a career in the arts, social services, education, politics, communications, health care, or a similar field, a self-directed job search is a must. Even if you are seeking employment in business and technical fields you should consider OCI as only one method of seeking employment. Students in all fields should learn to conduct a full-scale job search.

PLEASE NOTE: Some employers will participate in OCI only once a year. Others will visit during both fall and spring semesters, but they may be interviewing for different positions during each visit. We suggest that you start searching for jobs early and review the employer campus interview notices weekly to determine if they are applicable to your situation.

Should I Request an On-Campus Interview?

When you request an interview you are making a serious commitment. Your request is an expression of interest in that employer and an implied promise that you will schedule an interview if your request is granted. To subsequently fail to schedule an interview is a breach of professional ethics.

To help you determine whether or not you should request an interview with a given employer, consider the following four points:

How Do I Increase My Chances?

Many students request interviews for each opening, hoping that they will be increasing their chances for an interview. In reality, this may not be the case. If you have sound academic credentials, a clearly expressed career objective, and the background to support that objective, you will be a strong candidate. You will increase the chances of being granted an on-campus interview if you present yourself effectively on your resume and only request interviews for positions about which you are able to express genuine interest.

Who Can Assist Me With Specific Questions?

Career Services has career counselors available to assist you in discussing your interests, qualifications and the job search process in general. To meet with a career counselor visit our drop-in counseling service between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Bank of America Career Services Center.

Policies for Participation

1. Use of the System

When an account is established in your name, it is for your use only. Sharing your account or submitting resumes for other candidates is strictly forbidden and will result in dismissal from the system.

2. Personal and Academic Profile

You MUST complete your personal and academic profile. Without this information, you will not be able to apply for jobs, and you will not be notified of interview invitations or information sessions, nor be included in resume searches conducted by employers.

3. Deadlines

Deadlines are strictly adhered to—no resumes will be accepted after the posted deadline. Application deadlines are listed on the job postings and are generally 20 days prior to the interview date.

4. Cancellations

When you submit a request for an interview, you are committed to schedule an interview if the employer selects you. If extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your commitment, you MUST decline your interview through Nittany Lion Career Network by the deadline listed on the job posting. Do NOT cancel your interview directly with the employer as the message often does not get to the recruiter arriving on campus.

5. No-Shows

Students cancelling interviews after the online deadline and/or those students who do not show up for scheduled interviews are considered no-shows. No shows will immediately be blocked from requesting or signing up for interviews. The first time you miss or cancel an interview late, your on-campus interviewing privileges within Nittany Lion Career Network will be withheld until a letter of explanation and apology is written to the employer. This letter and a stamped envelope must be provided to Career Services. We will mail it with our cover letter and reactivate your interviewing privileges. Please check with Career Services for the contact information of the recruiter with whom you were scheduled to meet. A second missed interview or late cancellation will result in your on-campus interviewing privileges within Nittany Lion Career Network being withdrawn permanently.

6. Information Sessions

Many employers schedule sessions, usually the night before their interviews, to present information about their company and opportunities. Attendance at the company information sessions for all students invited to interviews is expected—employers consider these events to be a part of the interview process. Students who want to learn more about opportunities may also attend information sessions, when allowed by employers. Check the Nittany Lion Career Network Events Menu for upcoming information sessions. Students attending information sessions should wear business casual attire.

7. The Day of the OCI Interview

  1. Arrive 10 or 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled interview time.
  2. Report to the Interview Center located on the second floor of the Bank of America Career Services Center. Use your student ID card at the cardswipe kiosk to check-in, and identify your interviewer’s room number.
  3. Have a seat in the waiting area nearest your interview room to wait for the employer to call you.
  4. If you have any questions or problems after you arrive, please see the staff member at the Interview Center reception desk.

8. Missing a Site Interview

When you accept an invitation for a site interview you are making a commitment to that company. If you are no longer interested in an opportunity or cannot make an interview, it is professional courtesy to contact the employer and let them know of your situation. Simply not attending a scheduled interview will ensure that you will not be considered for a position with that company in the future. Your actions can also jeopardize Penn State’s relationship with the company, making interviews difficult for future students.

Career Services expects that students using our Nittany Lion Career Network services maintain professional behavior. Because our expectations are as such, we will abide by the no show policy, as outlined in policy number 6.

9. Job Offers

You are expected to notify employers who offer you a position of an acceptance or non-acceptance of an offer in a timely manner. Accept an offer of employment in good faith, withdraw from interviewing after accepting an offer, and discontinue pursuit of a position with other employers. Please notify Career Services once you have accepted a full-time offer, and at that time your on-campus interviewing rights will be removed from Nittany Lion Career Network. Candidates who accept a full-time position, and then renege will result in the immediate removal of your interview privileges within Career Services’ Nittany Lion Career Network system. PLEASE NOTE: Situations involving candidates who accept an internship position and then renege will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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